It’s hot. I can see people, crossing the street to avoid the sun. They turn into dark alleys, off the main path, just to find some shade. The park is the best option, if you ask me. The canopy offers a lot more than cover.
There’s grass, winding pathways, small wooden railings and, of course, the queen of recreational amenities: a bench. When’s the last time you just…sat?
I can’t remember, so I do. Suddenly, it’s not just a scene anymore. Right in front of my eyes, a whole movie unfolds. A girl chasing a squirrel. A couple talking in Polish. But the most interesting conversation is the one the trees are having. Listen.
It’s not the wind swaying them. This is more than a rustle. They’re talking.
“Hello Nik. Good to see you. Glad you’re taking some rest. Slow down a bit. Life’s not really all that fast. Not for us, anyway. It doesn’t need to be.”
“You’re so small. You look small from up here. There’s so many of you. So many of you we’ve seen. Old ones. Young ones. Small ones. Big ones. Some we’ve seen for the first time. Many for the last. And some of them for both.”
This is nice. Comforting. Who wouldn’t like advice from a tree? They know so much more than me. I better listen.
Around me, everyone’s preoccupied with themselves. They’re too loud. It’s getting hard to catch the trees through the noise. Ah, well. They don’t know what they’re missing.
I feel rested now. Recovered. Back on the ground. I get up and the rustling gets louder. It’s more than a goodbye. A farewell takeaway.
“Remember: We were here long before you. And we’ll be here long after you’re gone. It’s not sad. Or mean. It’s the way it is. You’re just a guest here. And that’s how it’s supposed to be.”
About Thought Experiment Thursday: Einstein said we can’t solve our problems with the same thinking that created them. Science estimates we have about 35 thoughts per minute. That’s a lot of chances to change our thinking. So on Thursdays, that’s what we’ll practice.
A question opens the mind. A statement closes it. Let’s keep ours wide open.
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